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Newsletter 1, May 2016        
                    



                                                                                                               
Enhanced technology development & transfer in next TNA phase
Editorial by Vladimir Hecl, UNFCCC
With the Global GEF UNEP TNA project, the TNA process went into a new stage, applying an enhanced methodology for the prioritisation of sectors and technologies, and identification of barriers and enablers. The comprehensive work with countries when conducting and reporting TNAs was reflected in the high quality of TNA reports and their deliverables aiming towards implementation of prioritized technologies. 
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TNA Phase II gets in motion
By Jorge Rogat, UNEP DTU Partnership and Jonathan Duwyn, UNEP DTIE
Since the 2013 completion of TNA Phase I, in which 36 countries were involved, a significant revision of the key methodologies and tools for implementing the TNA Phase II project has been taking place. In addition to the revised and new guidance material for TNA Phase II, which includes a new joint UNFCCC UDP guidance for preparing Technology Action Plans requested by COP 20 to the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) under the UNFCCC, an e-learning component aimed at providing supplementary training to participating countries has also been developed. These improvements and innovations are expected to show results in the form of improved Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) and Technology Action Plans (TAPs). 
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TNA Phase II Training Programme Completed 
The second and final training workshop focussing on the second and third steps of the TNA process -- namely, barrier analysis and enabling framework, and preparation of TAPs -- were conducted in all the regions between February and March 2016. This brought to a close the collective training programme for the 26 countries participating in TNA Phase II project.

The following training workshops were held:
  • In Dakar, Senegal (23-27 February) co-organised and hosted by the regional centre ENDA for the Francophone countries of Africa
  • In Cape Town (23-27 February) co-organised and hosted by the regional centre ERC, University of Cape Town, for the Anglophone countries of Africa as well as Jordan from the Middle East
  • In Buenos Aires (24-28 February) co-organised and hosted by the regional centre Fundación Bariloche for the countries from the LAC region
  • In Bangkok (6-9 March) co-organised and hosted by the regional centre AIT for Asian and CIS countries.
Any further training or implementation support to the countries will be provided by the corresponding regional centre. Countries will also be able to repeat all the training by watching the e-learning training material prepared by UDP, which covers the three necessary steps for a proper implementation of the TNA project.
Case Studies from TNA Phase I

Promotion of Renewable Energy in Morocco
Photo credit: Alex Lang/Flickr
Morocco has developed an ambitious Energy Strategy where climate change mitigation and promotion of renewable energy are considered a high priority. Henceforth, under the TNA project, renewable energy will be identified as a priority sub-sector, with solar technologies identified as a priority group of technologies. Based on the outcomes of the TNA project, a NAMA document on PV technology in the household sector was developed under the FIRM (Facilitating Implementation and Readiness for Mitigation) project.
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The TNA process in Peru 
By Claudia Figallo, former TNA coordinator
The TNA process in Peru had a set of features that mirrored the country’s own particularities. For instance, the country’s varied geography - including an arid lowland coastal region, the central high sierra of the Andes, and the dense forest of the Amazon - called for a territorial consideration to the process. Experience shows that this diversity makes it impossible to conduct effective assessments under a broad
national scope. Three regions with different cultures, socioeconomic dynamics and climates were chosen, and work was focused on only two sectors: water for adaptation, and solid waste management for mitigation.
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Thailand's National Designated Entity Organizes Capacity Building Workshop
The National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) as Thailand NDE, in collaboration with the Thai Intelligent Transport System Association, organised a capacity-building workshop entitled “Reducing GHG Emissions from Transport by Improving Public Transport Systems through Capacity
Building and Use of Technology”. This workshop is the world’s first case of South-South collaboration under the CTCN and the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, facilitating climate technology transfer between Thailand and Bhutan NDEs.
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TNAs in Support of the CTCN
There are strong links between the TNA project and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which has been operating since 2014. In fact, the majority of requests for technical support submitted to the CTCN by early 2016 have come from countries that have conducted a TNA. Of these, 42 requests came from countries that conducted a TNA between 2009 and 2013, with some building directly upon the technologies prioritised and analysed in their TNA/TAPs.
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Upcoming Events 
Bonn May 18, 2016: UNFCCC Side event "Supporting the implementation of Technology Action Plans”
A guidance document for preparing Technology Action Plans will be presented at the side event. An introduction to the work of the TEC on the TNA and TAP will be provided by the TEC Vice-Chair. This will be followed by presentations by countries on experience with implementing TAPs.
 
 

Bonn May 19, 2016: Steering committee meeting of TNA Phase II
As with the implementation of TNA Phase I, UDP and UNEP count on a Steering Committee (SC) which advises the project's management team on how to overcome challenges faced during the implementation of TNA Phase II. The SC, which is composed of representatives from organisations such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Green Climate Fund (GCF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), will meet to discuss on how to take the project towards a successful conclusion.
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